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12 I The Lovell Chronicle ] September 27, 2012 Angela (holding baby Brock) and Troy Butler are now operating Morrison Accounting on Main Street in Lovell. Butlers take over Morrison Accounting BY DAVID PECK A longtime Lovell business on Main Street has changed hands and brought a family back home. Lovell Main Street fixture Morrison and Morrison Accounting, for years owned by Ron Morrison and, for the last four years operated by Ron Ferguson while Ron and Beverly Morrison served a mission for the LDS Church in Billings, has been pur- chased by Troy and Angela Butler. Troy Butler, who hails from West Val- ley City, Utah, and Angela Hatch Butler, who grew up between Lovell and Byron, are now operating Morrison Accounting, offering bookkeeping and tax and payroll work from the office long located at 153 East Main. Troy is the accountant, and Angela will help her husband with data entry when she's not caring for their seven-week-old baby, Brock, who was born August 6. Ron Morri- son is assisting with the transition and will also help during tax season, Troy said. Under Butler, Morrison Accounting will offer mainly tax work, but he said he is also looking to get more into bookkeep- ing and payroll services, as well. He per- formed payroll and bookkeeping duties for electrical contractor Wasatch Electric, he said, noting that he is very familiar with construction industry accounting. Troy is working to become a CPA, needing 11 more college credit hours on top of his bachelor's degree in accounting. He hopes to achieve his goal within two years. He is a certified tax preparer. The son of Mike and Pam Butler, Troy graduated from Hunter High School in West Valley City in 2004, then served a mission to Chicago for two years. After his mission, he attended Salt Lake Communi- ty College for two years, then the Univer- sity of Utah for three years while working fulltime for Wasatch Electric. He graduat- ed in May of 2012 and finished up his work with Wasatch in August. Troy and Angela heard about the op- portunity from Angela's mom, Janene, about the time Troy graduated, and they spoke with Ron Morrison in June, finalized the purchase in July and opened the new business August 15. Angela, the daughter of Don and Ja- nene Hatch, is a 2005 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School, where she excelled in volleyball and basketball and graduated as valedictorian. She attended BYU-Ida- ho in Rexburg, then moved on to the Uni- versity of Utah, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Dis- orders (speech therapy). Angela and Troy had met in college and were married in July of 2009. Along with her degree, Angela trained to become a certified speech language tech- nician and worked in charter schools for Intermountain Speech Pathology Ser- vices, Inc. She worked with K-9 students for three years under the supervision of a speech therapist. She would like to return to graduate school someday to earn a master's degree in speech therapy, but right now she said her focus is on being a stay-at-home mom and helping with the new business. In purchasing Morrison Accounting, Troy and Angela received Ron Morrison's client list. "That's been a good starting point," An- gela said. Troy said he is thrilled to be in Wyoming. "I always figured if there was a way to get here we would do it," he said. "The op- portunity came after I graduated and we jumped on it. I love the small-town feeling. We both like small towns." "We like Salt Lake, but this is where we want to be long term," said Angela, add- ing, ''ou couldn't pick a better guy to buy a business from than Ron Morrison. He's" a great guy to work with, and he's helping during the transition." Morrison Accounting is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Police warn elderly residents abouttelephone seams BY PATTI CARPENTER Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis issued a "heads up" to elderly residents in the community this week to be on alert for calls from peo- ple they don't know or peo- ple posing as a relative who ask them to send money out of the country. "These are typically seams," said Lewis, who notes that he has seen nu- merous cases over the years where local residents have sent thousands of dollars overseas because they were convinced by a caller that it would either help a relative or they would get rich as a result. One local resident even sent $40,000. Lewis points out that senior citizens are most likely to have a "nest egg," own their home and to have excellent credit. All of these factors make them par- ticularly attractive to con artists. He also noted that con artists know that the elder- ly population in general is polite and trusting. Typical- ly they exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these in- dividuals to say "no" or just hang up the telephone be- cause their generation was raised to believe it is rude to hang up on a caller. Lewis indicated that el- derly people are less likely to report a fraud because they don't know who to re- port it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed or don't know they have been scammed. Elderly victims may not report crimes, for example, because they are concerned that relatives may think they no longer have the mental capacity to take care of their own finan- cial affairs. Lewis encourages any- one who receives a call to contact the department so that the police have an opportunity to warn oth- ers about seams that are prevalent. Lewis said that con art- ists count on the fact that when an elderly victim does report the crime, they often make poor witnesses. Seam artists know that often age affects memory, and they are counting on elderly vic- tims to forget details when they provide information to investigators. In addition, the victims' realization that they have been swindled may take weeks or months. This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details of the seam. Lewis said senior citi- zens are more interested in and susceptible to products promising increased cogni- tive function, virility, phys- ical conditioning and anti- cancer properties. He also warns that tele- marketing seams often in- volve offers of free priz- es, low-cost vitamins and health care products and inexpensive vacations that may be attractive to the el- derly who are often on fixed incomes. "Sadly, once the money has been sent overseas it is impossible to get it back," said Lewis. "And the prob- lem is so big now that even the Feds are having trouble dealing with it." Some of the seams are so sophisticated that they even know names of rela- tives because they have mined the information from social network pages like Facebook, said Lewis. A list of the type of seams the Lovell Police De- partment has been made aware of recently is avail- able at the Lovell Police De- partment and at the depart- ment's booth at the health fair this weekend. Mason of the Year Mike Verdetto of Lovell recently received an award as Mason of the Year for the Northwest Quadrant of Wyoming following a recommendation at the summer Grand Lodge of Wyoming meeting. Verdetto was honored for his work, enthusiasm and dedication to the organization. DAVID PECK PHOTO THIS NEWSPAPER ALWAYS STRIVES FOR ACCURACY AND FAIRNESS. If you think we have failed on either count, please call us immediately so we can discuss the issue. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, please feel free to contact the office of the Wyoming Newspaper Ombudsman at (307) 766-5437. 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